One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Malta in connection with the brutal killing of a father at a remote Cheshire farmhouse after 16 years on the run.
Detectives have been seeking Christopher Guest More Jr, 41, since he left the country shortly after the murder of Brian Waters on June 19, 2003.
The 44-year-old victim was tortured and beaten to death in front of his two adult children at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford.
More, who once worked as a researcher for the BBC, was added to Europe’s most wanted list in April.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said he was arrested in the Swieqi area, in the north of the island, on a European arrest warrant on Thursday night, in a joint operation with the Maltese authorities.
Graham Roberts, NCA regional manager, said: “We are utterly delighted that after almost 16 years on the run, hiding from law enforcement, Christopher Guest More Jr has been arrested and will now have to return to the UK.
“More Jr featured on the very successful Operation Captura fugitives hunt and, out of 96 fugitives, there are now just 12 evading justice.
“The NCA has supported Cheshire Constabulary with their investigation, using some of our specialist capabilities and our international network of officers, in his pursuit.
“We have waited a long, long time for this moment. We were never going to give up in the hunt. Other fugitives should really look at this and remember how tenacious UK law enforcement is.”
Extradition proceedings were started against More on Saturday when he appeared in court in the Maltese capital, Valetta.
He has been remanded in custody until his next hearing on Monday.